Once you express interest in becoming a volunteer, your inquiry is acknowledged and your details put on file. Volunteer recruitment is based on our personnel level and timed around operational factors, therefore the exact time frames of intakes are not fixed well in advance.
Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 18 years.
Once an intake is scheduled, the following process will take place:
- When a date is set for an intake we will notify all applicants and request your attendance at an Information session. This session will outline in more detail what it means to become a Sea Rescue volunteer, and the road ahead should you be successful.
- Applications completed at the Information Evening are then assessed taking into account availability, and potential commitment.
- An interview process follows where all viable applicants are individually interviewed. These interviews aim to assess a variety of measures, including availability, prior experience, physical ability and/or limitations, enthusiasm, attitude and personality (to name a few).
- Applicants are ranked based on the outcomes of their interviews, and a final selection is made. Unfortunately the number of applicants is generally far more than the maximum number of volunteers we can take on in any single induction, so some will always miss out.
- All chosen applicants are required to complete a police background check as part of DFES volunteer policy.
- Successful applicants are then able to begin their induction and training.